Village of Carthage, NY
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Carthage as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bicycles — See Ch. 40.
Snowmobiles — See Ch. 115.
Snow removal — See Ch. A150.
[Adopted 3-17-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Art. I, Skating and Coasting, adopted 6-7-1965, as amended.

§ 120-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
IN-LINE SKATES/ROLLER BLADES
Shoes, skates or footwear with a single row of roller wheels.
REFLECTIVE CLOTHING
Any shirt, vest, jacket or any other readily visible piece of apparel equipped with a reflective surface such as phosphorescent tape or an equivalent reflective surface.
ROLLER SKATES
Shoes, skates or footwear with two or more rows of roller wheels.
SKATEBOARD
A narrow board of wood, plastic, fiberglass or similar material with roller skate or other type of wheels attached to each end and used for gliding or moving on any hard surfaces without a mechanism or other device for steering, while being used, operated or ridden.
SNOW SKATES
A mini ski-type of device fastened to any type of footwear, designed to be used by persons to skate or slide on snow or ice.

§ 120-2 Restrictions and prohibitions.

A. 
Operating restrictions, general. Every person operating a skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates upon a highway, road or street, dedicated or otherwise, shall operate the same in strict observance of all laws applicable to a vehicle and the use thereof and in compliance with all rules of the road applicable to the operation of a vehicle and in compliance with all traffic laws, except as to those provisions of the laws which, by their nature, can have no application.
B. 
No person shall operate a skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates along any street, sidewalk or public place in the Village from 10:00 p.m. until 1/2 hour after sunrise.

§ 120-2.1 Emergence from alleys, driveways and buildings.

The operator of a skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates, emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk.

§ 120-2.2 Standing, storage or parking of skateboards.

No person shall stand, park or otherwise place in a position of temporary storage a skateboard upon a highway, street, sidewalk or against any building abutting a sidewalk in such a manner that shall obstruct or render injury to a pedestrian or interfere with vehicular traffic.

§ 120-2.3 Operation on sidewalks.

A. 
No person shall ride a skateboard or use roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates upon a sidewalk in the following areas:
(1) 
On State Street from James Street to the bridge.
(2) 
On North Mechanic Street from State Street to Spring Street.
(3) 
On South Mechanic Street from State Street to West Street.
(4) 
On Canal Street from State Street to West Street.
(5) 
On Riverside Drive from State Street to Spring Street.
B. 
Whenever any person shall operate a skateboard or use roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

§ 120-2.3.1 Operation on public streets.

[Added 9-18-2000 by L.L. No. 2-2000; amended 6-19-2006 by L.L. No. 4-2006
A. 
No person shall ride a skateboard or use roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates upon a public street in the Village of Carthage or the following public areas:
(1) 
On State Street from James Street to the bridge.
(2) 
On North Mechanic Street from State Street to Spring Street.
(3) 
On South Mechanic Street from State Street to West Street.
(4) 
On Canal Street from State Street to West Street.
(5) 
On Riverside Drive from State Street to Spring Street.
(6) 
Within any public park within the Village of Carthage, including Turning Point Park, Long Falls Park, Monument Park and the Village athletic field, with the exception of the area specifically set aside at the Village athletic field to be used as a skate park.
B. 
Bicycle use is prohibited in Turning Point Park and Monument Park.
C. 
Whenever any person shall operate a skateboard or use roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates upon a public street or road, dedicated or otherwise, such person shall operate such skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates only on the outer margin or shoulder of such road or street and shall yield to any and all vehicles using such street or road, including bicycles.
D. 
For those areas designated in Subsection A above where skateboards, roller skates, snow skates and in-line skates may not be used, it shall also be a violation of this article to bring skateboards into those areas.

§ 120-2.4 Other restricted areas.

There shall be no riding of skateboards, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates within any part of Turning Point Park or either parking lot associated with the Village Municipal Building off of West Street between Canal Street and South Mechanic Street.

§ 120-2.5 Reflective clothing and other equipment.

A. 
No person shall operate a skateboard or use roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates at night ("night" meaning from 1/2 hour before sundown) unless he or she is wearing reflective clothing, which shall be visible from a distance of not less than 50 feet and a maximum of 300 feet from the front, side and rear of the skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates when directly in front of the lawful beams of the headlights of a motor vehicle.
B. 
No person under 14 years of age shall be allowed to operate a skateboard, roller skates, snow skates or in-line skates on the streets or sidewalks of the Village of Carthage unless such persons shall be wearing a helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards) or the Snell Memorial Foundation Standards for protective headgear for use in bicycling, and shall, in addition, be wearing kneepads.

§ 120-2.6 Penalties for offenses; parental responsibility.

A. 
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $50 for a first offense; for a second offense within a five-year period, a fine not to exceed $100; and for a third or any subsequent offense within a five-year period, a fine not to exceed $250.
B. 
In the event that a person violating any provision of this article shall be under 16 years of age, it shall be the responsibility of the parent, custodian or person having legal guardianship of such person to be certain that the child complies with the provisions of this law. If the child does not comply with the provisions of this law, then such parent, custodian or legal guardian, shall be responsible as if that person had violated this law, and the fines set forth in Subsection A of this section shall apply to such parent, custodian or legal guardian.
[Adopted 11-15-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]

§ 120-3 Removal required.

[Amended 5-6-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002; 3-16-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009]
It shall not be lawful for any owner, occupant/tenant or any person having the charge or control of any premises, lot, tenement or manufacturing establishment situated within the Village of Carthage to suffer or permit any snow, ice or other substance to collect and remain on any sidewalk fronting on or belonging to said premises so as to impede, obstruct or render dangerous public travel upon such sidewalks, later than 10:00 a.m. of any day after the same shall have fallen or collected thereon or for more than two hours after being notified by the President, Clerk, Trustee, any police officer of the Village, the Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent or his designee to remove the same. Removal is required to the extent of four feet or the width of the sidewalk, whichever is less. These provisions shall apply to all sidewalks within the Village. The Village Board, by majority vote, may elect to exempt certain streets or sections thereof from this section by resolution after public hearing. A list of such exemptions shall be kept on file with the Chief of Police, the Village Clerk and the DPW Superintendent.

§ 120-3.1 Method of removal.

[Added 4-3-2002 by L.L. No. 4-2002]
No owner, occupant, tenant or any person having charge or control of any premises, lot or tenement or manufacturing establishment situated in the Village of Carthage shall suffer or permit any snow, ice or other substance to be deposited into any of the public streets of the Village of Carthage, except that such individuals shall be allowed to deposit snow upon the banks that may already be established along such streets, provided that such snow is deposited along the bank on the same side of the street adjacent to the property from which it is being removed or on adjacent properties with permission from the property owner being affected, and further provided that such snow is deposited in a manner that does not cause such snow to be deposited upon the sidewalks, and further that it does not obstruct parking or otherwise create a dangerous condition by leaving any accumulation of snow in the traveled way of the street.

§ 120-4 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 10-21-1985 by L.L. No. 10-1985; 8-5-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991; 9-17-2007 by L.L. No. 9-2007]
A. 
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this article shall be subject to penalties set forth in Chapter 5 of the Village of Carthage Code.
B. 
In addition to any penalties set forth in Chapter 5 of the Village of Carthage Code, the Village shall be allowed to charge an administrative fee to any individual who fails to remove snow as required by § 120-3, thereby requiring Village crews to remove such snow. The rates to be charged by the Village to do so shall be a minimum of $100 for the first zero to 50 feet and $2 per foot for every foot thereafter. The Village shall bill the property owner for these expenses. If not paid in a timely fashion, they may be added as a special assessment to the next Village tax bill plus an administrative fee of $50 for the first such occasion the snow has to be removed, $150 for a second such occasion that snow needs to be removed within the same snow season and $250 for a third or subsequent violation within the same snow removal season.
[Amended 6-15-2009 by L.L. No. 4-2009]

§ 120-5 Removal by Village.

In addition, if snow, ice or other substance does so collect and remain on any sidewalk, it shall be lawful for the Village to cause the same to be removed at the expense of the owner of said premises. The Village shall charge for such removal the regular hourly rate then in effect for such service, which shall be charged to the person in control and shall also be assessed against the said property and shall be collected, together with interest and penalties thereon, in the same manner as any other taxes provided in the Village.